George V (Saxe-Coburg-Gotha) Windsor

George Frederick Ernest Albert (Saxe-Coburg-Gotha) Windsor (1865 - 1936)

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George Frederick Ernest Albert (George V) "King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland" Windsor formerly Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Born in Marlborough House, London, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in St James's Palace, London, Englandmap
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Died in Sandringham House, Norfolk, Englandmap
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George V (Saxe-Coburg-Gotha) Windsor was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.
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Preceded by
Edward VII
King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, Emperor of India
6 May 1910 - 20 January 1936
Succeeded by
Edward VIII

Biography

The House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha crest.
George V (Saxe-Coburg-Gotha) Windsor is a member of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
The House of Windsor crest.
George V (Saxe-Coburg-Gotha) Windsor is a member of the House of Windsor.

King George V was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910, until his death on 20 January 1936.

Born 3 June 1865, as the second son of the Prince and Princess of Wales, Albert Edward and Alexandra, George Frederick Ernest Albert would one day become George V, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India. His father Albert was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, while his mother was the eldest daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel.

As George was a younger son and third in line to the throne, there was little expectation that he would ever become King. George and his elder brother, Albert Victor, were educated together though neither excelled intellectually. Their father Albert thought that the very best training for any boy was the navy so in the fall of 1877, George and his brother Albert joined the cadet training ship HMS Britannia. For three years they served together, touring the Colonies of the British Empire, Norfolk, Virginia, South America, Egypt, the Mediterranean and East Asia. While in Japan, George got a blue and red dragon tattooed on his arm.

Queen Victoria became displeased that neither of her grandsons could speak French or German so they spent six months at Lausanne attempting unsuccessful, again, to learn another language. After their stint at Lausanne, the boys were separated, with Albert going to study at Trinity College in Cambridge and George continuing in the Royal Navy where he traveled the world and commanded Torpedo Boat 79.

During his service, George spent many years under the command of his uncle, Prince Alfred, and soon fell in love with Alfred's daughter, Marie of Edinburgh. The match was approved of by his grandmother, father and uncle but the mothers disapproved. The Princess of Wales thought the family was too pro-German and the Duchess of Edinburgh did not like England. At her mother's urging, Marie refused George's proposal.

In November 1891, George's brother Albert became engaged to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, known within the family as May. ON 14 January 1892, six weeks after the formal engagement, Albert died of pneumonia, leaving George next line for the throne after his father. George and May grew close during their shared period of mourning and a year after Albert's death, George proposed, May accepted and they were wed on 6 July 1893. They remained devoted to one another throughout their lives and though George admitted that he was unable to easily express his feelings with speech, the couple often shared loving letters.

The death of Albert Victor ended George's naval career as he was now second in line for the throne. He and May mainly lived at York Cottage, George preferring the quiet life, unlike his socialite father. May and George had six children, five sons and a daughter.

When his grandmother Queen Victoria died on 22 January 1901, George's father ascended to the throne as King Edward VII and George inherited the titles of Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay. Unlike Queen Victoria, who excluded Edward from state affairs, the King wanted his son to prepare for his future role as king and as such George was given wide access to state documents.

On 6 May 1910, Edward VII died and George became King. He wrote in his diary that he had lost his best friend and the best of fathers.

George inherited the throne during a time when the world was in political turmoil. During his reign the world saw the rise of fascism, Irish republicanism and communism. During that time of World War I, to appease the feelings of British nationalists, King George changed the name of the British royal house from the German sounding House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the more British sounding House of Windsor, on July 17, 1917. He and his British relatives gave up their German styles and titles and instead took on ones that sounded more British.

In later years, King George's relationship with his eldest son deteriorated as George was disappointed with Edward's ability to settle down and horrified by his many affairs with married women. George was quite fond, however, of his second son Prince Albert, and doted on his granddaughter Elizabeth. He called her "Lilibet" and she called him "Grandpa England".

King George was unwell for most of the remained of his reign, suffering from a serious injury when he was thrown from a horse in 1915, breathing problems due to his heavy smoking, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other illnesses. During his final year he was occasionally administered oxygen.

On the evening of 15 June 1936, King George took to his bedroom and would not leave it again alive. He grew weaker and weaker, drifting in and out of consciousness. His physician Dawson recorded in his diary that the King's final words were "God damn you!" to the nurse who gave him a sedative the night of June 20th. Dawson also wrote that he hastened the King's death with a lethal injection of cocaine and morphine, indicating that he did so to preserve the King's dignity, remove the strain placed on the Royal family and so the King's death at 11:55 pm could be announced in the morning papers rather than the evening journals.

Though George preferred to be at home pursuing hobbies of stamp collecting and game shooting, he was a hard working monarch, well admired by the people of Britain and the Empire and he was earnestly devoted to Britain and its Commonwealth.

Sources

  • H. C. G. Matthew, ‘George V (1865–1936)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2013 accessed 10 April 2017. This is a subscription site but access is free of charge to readers of British libraries provided their library subscribes.


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George V in coronation robes

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On 30 Oct 2017 at 17:37 GMT Eren Hatton wrote:

Interesting results...

George V and Eren are 20th cousins once removed (Uncertain)

George V (Saxe-Coburg-Gotha) Windsor and Eren Hatton are both descendants of Adam (Everingham) de Everingham.

1. George V is the son of Albert Edward (Saxe-Coburg-Gotha) of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India [confident] 2. Edward VII is the son of Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel (Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha) Saxe-Coburg-Gotha [confident] 3. Albert is the son of Ernst Anton Karl Ludwig (Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld) Sachen-Coburg und Gotha [confident] 4. Ernest I is the son of Franz Friedrich Anton (Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld) von Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld [unknown confidence] 5. Franz is the son of Ernst Friedrich (Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld) von Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld [unknown confidence] 6. Ernst Friedrich is the son of Anna Sophie (Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt) von Sachsen-Coburg-Saalfeld [unknown confidence] 7. Anna Sophie is the daughter of Anna Sophie (Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg) von Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt [unknown confidence] 8. Anna Sophie is the daughter of Magdalene Sibylle (Sachsen-Weissenfels) von Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg [confident] 9. Magdalene Sibylle is the daughter of August (Wettin) von Sachsen-Weißenfels [unknown confidence] 10. August is the son of Magdalena Sibylle Hohenzollern [unknown confidence] 11. Magdalena Sibylle is the daughter of Maria Eleonore (Jülich-Kleve-Berg) von Preußen [unknown confidence] 12. Maria Eleonore is the daughter of Maria (Hapsburg) Habsburg [unknown confidence] 13. Maria is the daughter of Anna De Bohemia Ad Hungaria (Jagiellonka) Jagiellonczyk [confident] 14. Anna is the daughter of Anne (Foix) of Hungary [unknown confidence] 15. Anne is the daughter of Gaston (Foix) de Foix [unknown confidence] 16. Gaston is the son of Margaret (Kerdeston) de Foix [unknown confidence] 17. Margaret is the daughter of Thomas Kerdeston [unknown confidence] 18. Thomas is the son of Margaret (UNKNOWN) Kerdeston [unknown confidence] 19. Margaret is the daughter of Anne (Hastings) Brown [unknown confidence] 20. Anne is the daughter of Margaret (Everingham) Hastings [unknown confidence] 21. Margaret is the daughter of Adam (Everingham) de Everingham [unknown confidence] This makes Adam the 19th great grandfather of George V.

1. Eren is the daughter of Bobby Hatton [confident] 2. Bobby is the son of Leroy Hatton [unknown confidence] 3. Leroy is the son of Roy Hatton [unknown confidence] 4. Roy is the son of Callie Louisa Couch [unknown confidence] 5. Callie is the daughter of William Lewis Couch [unknown confidence] 6. William is the son of Charity Powell [unknown confidence] 7. Charity is the daughter of Lewis Powell [unknown confidence] 8. Lewis is the son of Ambrose Powell [unknown confidence] 9. Ambrose is the son of John Powell II [unknown confidence] 10. John is the son of Robert Powell [unknown confidence] 11. Robert is the son of John Powell [unknown confidence] 12. John is the son of William Thomas Powell [uncertain] 13. William is the son of Margaret (Whitney) Powell [uncertain] 14. Margaret is the daughter of Robert Whitney [confident] 15. Robert is the son of Robert Whitney [unknown confidence] 16. Robert is the son of Robert Whitney [confident] 17. Robert is the son of Blanche (Milbourne) Whitney [confident] 18. Blanche is the daughter of Jane (Baskerville) Milbourne [confident] 19. Jane is the daughter of Ralph Baskerville [unknown confidence] 20. Ralph is the son of John Baskerville [unknown confidence] 21. John is the son of Joan (Everingham) Baskerville [unknown confidence] 22. Joan is the daughter of Adam (Everingham) de Everingham [unknown confidence] This makes Adam the 20th great grandfather of Eren.

On 10 Apr 2017 at 15:40 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

King George issued a Royal Proclamation on 17 June 1917 which changed the name of his family to Windsor for all of his descendants and for all the descendants in the male line of Queen Victoria who were subjects of his realms. See Whitaker's Almanac 1949 etc

On 27 Jul 2013 at 22:43 GMT Sheri (Petersen) Sturm wrote:

What last name will new Prince George have? No one knows yet.

http://www.history.com/news/a-name-fit-for-a-prince?



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